Aneka Kerlin Principal and Founder of Aneka Interiors

A Colorado native, Aneka knew from an early age that she was interested in architecture and design. After studying architecture and drafting in high school, she went on to graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and started Aneka Interiors in 1999. Since then, Aneka’s passion for people and the joy she finds creating engaging and beautiful interiors for people to thrive shines through in every project she creates.

Aneka is an adventurer at heart. In 2001 she took a 2-year hiatus from design to sail the Caribbean on a sailboat named Sea Dreams. Since then, she has experienced many more places and cultures that continue to inspire her designs and excite her spirit. At home in Denver, you can find Aneka with her ultimate adventure buddy and husband, Brian, and their fur baby, Paisley.

Mackenna Johnson Senior Designer & Studio Manager

With a lifelong interest in aesthetics and design, Mackenna started her design education at Savannah College of Art and Design, and ultimately graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. Mackenna’s design knowledge and style evolves with each new project, but she particularly delights in fixture and furniture specifications.

Mackenna’s primary design motivation is to create pieces of beauty that can be shared. She believes in pursuing inspiration found in the ordinary moments of everyday life, such as a glass of crisp white wine or a soulful Sunday spent reading and writing. In her free time Mackenna shares some of her favorite moments and inspiration on her blog, Chasing Whimsy.

Julie Warren Senior Designer & Project Manager

 

Delights in comprehensive Interior Architecture that adheres to the principle that form follows function. "A Design's true beauty lies not only in the aesthetic elements but also in the collaboration of the programming, regionality, and the functionality for the intended occupants". Julie has a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in Interior Design with a specialization in Green Design. Her skills and talents in Interior Design have been refined in her ten years of professional experience with Architecture firms in Denver. She has a background that has given insight into the importance of building relationships & highlighting connections between the exterior Architecture and Interior Design. She has been involved in both Renovation and large scale New Construction projects nationwide, and has specialized experience in the Senior Living industry.

 

Julie thrives when it comes to figuring out the details and constructability of various designs. She excels in the production of Construction Documents, as well as modeling 3D visuals and "walk-throughs" utilizing programs: Revit and Enscape. She takes pride and finds joy not only in cultivating each unique client relationship but also being able to put a client's mind at ease by visually communicating the design intent of the space prior to commencement of construction.

As a Colorado native, she enjoys being outside with her friends and family: camping, hiking, and especially boating! She also spends her down time playing on her multiple volleyball recreation leagues in both the Summer and Winter seasons. Her current goal is to do more traveling to gain further insight and in-person experience with different cultures, natural landscapes, and awe inspiring exterior & interior Architecture around the world. 

Brooke Stevens Interior Designer

Born and raised in Colorado, Brooke wanted to experience life on the east coast and started her higher education at University of New Hampshire, focused on Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to transfer to CSU and ultimately graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. After her university experience, Brooke discovered her true passion lies in Interior Design, and earned her master’s certificate from Heritage School of Interior Design in Denver. As a newcomer to the interior design scene, Brooke has loved learning something new every day, and gaining practical knowledge and experience.

As a world class rock climber, Brooke spends her free time focused on extreme mountaineering in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Just kidding... she’s outdoorsy in that she likes long walks on the beach with a margarita in hand. As a self-proclaimed “city girl” Brooke loves exploring the many eclectic neighborhoods and rooftop patios that Denver has to offer, but has been known to be persuaded to go white-water rafting and zip-lining through the woods as long as she can spend more time with friends and family.

Tricia Guy Business Development Specialist & Senior Designer

 

As the youngest of four girls, Tricia quickly became her father’s resident assistant on all home projects.  Inspired by the endless creative capabilities in each project, Tricia knew design and construction was where she wanted to dedicate her career.  After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art, Tricia has gained experience from a wide range within the design field:  from high-end residential to commercial interiors.  Working within the Senior Living design market established an instant connection with Tricia and has since been her focus for the past 10 years. Tricia’s positive outlook, passion for architectural design, and dedication to collaboration has created lasting relationships with industry partners looking to design and experience a unique blend of hospitality driven design with an emphasis of resident comfort.

 

Since relocating to Denver in 2018 from Wisconsin, Tricia enjoys experiencing everything Colorado has to offer.  When she’s not in the mountains enjoying a hike with her significant other Eric and their fur-son Renzo, you can find her teaching her other passion, Pilates, to friends and family alike.

Paisley Director of Human Resources

 

As Director of Human Resources, Paisley’s number one priority is boosting team moral. Equipped with a feel-good attitude and playful spirit, Paisley’s lighthearted approach to the office environment brings a sense of joy and comfort to both co-workers and clients alike.

When not in the office, Paisley can be found exploring the many trails and streams Steamboat has to offer, along with her best Hiking Buddies- Aneka and Brian. Dubbed “The Furricane” by her mom Aneka, Paisley brings a little spark of sunshine to whatever room she bounces in to.

Our Team

We take pride in our honesty, experience, and professionalism to execute our projects efficiently while simplifying the process for our clients.

Aneka Kerlin  | Principal and Founder

A Colorado native, Aneka knew from an early age that she was interested in architecture and design. After studying architecture and drafting in high school, she went on to graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and started Aneka Interiors in 1999. Since then, Aneka’s passion for people and the joy she finds creating engaging and beautiful interiors for people to thrive shines through in every project she creates.

 

Aneka is an adventurer at heart. In 2001 she took a 2-year hiatus from design to sail the Caribbean on a sailboat named Sea Dreams. Since then, she has experienced many more places and cultures that continue to inspire her designs and excite her spirit. At home in Denver, you can find Aneka with her ultimate adventure buddy and husband, Brian, and their fur baby, Paisley.

Tricia Lehman  | Business Development Specialist & Senior Designer

As the youngest of four girls, Tricia quickly became her father’s resident assistant on all home projects. Inspired by the endless creative capabilities in each project, Tricia knew design and construction was where she wanted to dedicate her career. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art, Tricia has gained experience from a wide range within the design field: from high-end residential to commercial interiors. Working within the Senior Living design market established an instant connection with Tricia and has since been her focus for the past 10 years. Tricia’s positive outlook, passion for architectural design, and dedication to collaboration has created lasting relationships with industry partners looking to design and experience a unique blend of hospitality driven design with an emphasis of resident comfort.

 

Since relocating to Denver in 2018 from Wisconsin, Tricia enjoys experiencing everything Colorado has to offer. When she’s not in the mountains enjoying a hike with her husband Eric and their fur-son Renzo, you can find her teaching her other passion, Pilates, to friends and family alike.

Mackenna Johnson  | Senior Designer & Studio Manager

With a lifelong interest in aesthetics and design, Mackenna started her design education at Savannah College of Art and Design, and ultimately graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. Mackenna’s design knowledge and style evolves with each new project, but she particularly delights in fixture and furniture specifications.

 

Mackenna’s primary design motivation is to create pieces of beauty that can be shared. She believes in pursuing inspiration found in the ordinary moments of everyday life, such as a glass of crisp white wine or a soulful Sunday spent reading and writing. In her free time Mackenna shares some of her favorite moments and inspiration on her blog, Chasing Whimsy.

Julie Warren  | Senior Designer & Project Manager

Julie delights in comprehensive Interior Architecture, believing: “A Design’s true beauty lies not only in the aesthetic elements but also in the collaboration of: the programming, regionality, and functionality for the intended occupants”.

 

Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Interior Design with a specialization in Green Design. Her skills and talents in Interior Design have been refined through years of professional experience with various Architectural firms in Denver. She has experience with Renovation as well as large scale New Construction projects, both locally & nationwide. Julie thrives when it comes to figuring out the details and constructability of various designs. She excels in the production of Construction Documents, as well as modeling 3D visuals and “walk-throughs”. She finds joy in cultivating each unique client relationship, and working closely with all team members until the project has come to complete fruition.

As a Colorado native, she enjoys being outside; hiking, boating, and playing in volleyball rec leagues, however, she spends the majority of her downtime caring for her sweet little daughter.

Brooke Stevens  | Interior Designer

While Brooke has always had an eye for design, she didn’t peruse it professionally  until after receiving her bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Colorado State University in 2018. Following graduation, she earned her master’s certificate from Heritage School of Interior Design in Denver and then joined the Aneka Interiors team in 2020, where she has been happily designing ever since!

 

As a self-proclaimed “city girl” Brooke loves exploring the many eclectic neighborhoods and rooftop patios that Denver has to offer, but has been known to be persuaded to go white-water rafting and zip-lining through the woods as long as she can spend more time with friends and family.

Nina Goodlund  | Procurement Manager

From a family of creatives, Nina’s career goal has always been to support the creative vision by integrating a smart business perspective and plan to make the idea successful. Nina grew up in the Boston area and graduated college in New York City from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She started her career there in the advertising and marketing industry for apparel and home furnishing brands.

 

She moved to Colorado on a whim in 2005 and never looked back.  While she will always have a deep appreciation for urban environments, she discovered her true love is for the mountains.  She enjoys all outdoor activities and also likes to entertain friends, try new restaurants and attend the latest art opening. She loves to adventure with her husband David, son Levi and dog Baci.

Ashely Boyer | Accounting & Operations Manager

Wishing to fuse her passion for the arts with her love of math & science, Ashley studied Architectural Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. To further aid her in her professional advancement, she went on to obtain degrees in Business Management & Human Resources. Ashley’s thirst for knowledge then drove her to complete her studies to become a Licensed Architect and earn her LEED Building, Design & Construction accreditation. Professionally, she thrives when she is able to stimulate her creative right, while allowing her dominant left-brain to drive. This harmonious union has served her well in her 20+ year career across various sectors in the AEC industry.

 

As a third generation Colorado Native, Ashley enjoys the typical CO outdoorsy adventures: hunting, hiking, snowboarding, landscaping, leaf-peeping etc. When traveling, she never misses an opportunity to explore the local architecture while reserving enough time to breathe in nature’s beauty on an outdoor adventure. Above all other activities, she enjoys her quite life at her mountain home with her life partner Jamie, and their canine & equine ‘kids’.

Paisley  | Director of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Paisley’s number one priority is boosting team moral. Equipped with a feel-good attitude and playful spirit, Paisley’s lighthearted approach to the office environment brings a sense of joy and comfort to both co-workers and clients alike.

 

When not in the office, Paisley can be found exploring the many trails and streams Steamboat has to offer, along with her best Hiking Buddies- Aneka and Brian. Dubbed “The Furricane” by her mom Aneka, Paisley brings a little spark of sunshine to whatever room she bounces in to.

Creative, Dedicated, Engaging

Aneka Interiors is comprised of multi-talented designers that use their diverse skill sets to deliver beautiful, innovative interiors that allow people to engage and enjoy life at “home” whether it’s in a Senior Living or Multi-family community or in a Single-family home.

Creating Spaces that Inspire People to Engage

Aneka Interiors is a boutique interior design firm, comprised of highly qualified designers that work collaboratively with Owners, Architects and Operators to create inspired and unique interior environments. Our services include senior living, multi-family and residential projects. Our passion is to create spaces that bring joy and comfort to those who live there. We care for people by creating spaces where they feel at home yet function beautifully. With over 20 years of design experience, we have the skill, knowledge, and attention to detail to put your mind at ease through the design process. In addition to our aesthetic design, our project management and technical drawing skills, ensure our projects are on budget, on time, and align with your vision.

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We are a national, award-winning design firm defining the new standard for senior living. Our unique blend of residential design expertise and extensive knowledge in assisted living and memory care result in innovative environments that are safe and functional with the same comfort and joy as a home.